“I believe in ministry without borders,” says Sister Paulette Yeung who has lived that out in Hong Kong, Macau, Seoul, San Francisco, California and Hawaii.
In the photo Sister Paulette is in a current events discussion group with visitors to the Tea House of St. Mary’s Chinese Center, San Francisco, CA. She served as coordinator and counselor of the Tea House from its opening in 1998 and continued a long tradition of providing a wide variety of social services and acculturation programs, including individual and family counseling. Sister Paulette volunteered on the Chinese Community Task force on Problem Gambling and gave counseling and therapy to compulsive gamblers and their families.
On December 9, 2009, Sister Paulette was awarded the Champion and Unsung Hero Community Award by the San Francisco Community Advisory Committee of the City and County of San Francisco, CA.
Presently Sister Paulette is assigned to Hawaii and her priority is to concentrate on workshops and teaching “so that I can share my experiences with others who are interested and promote prevention of compulsive gambling and domestic violence.” Sister Paulette teaches a course at Hawaii Pacific University on Compulsive Gambling, and works with the Hawaiian Coalition Against Legalized Gambling and the Institute for Religion and Social Change.
Sister Paulette’s Chinese ministry continues as she helps at Star of the Sea Parish in Honolulu. She is also involved with the Chinese Community Action Coalition activities. Sister Paulette is a counselor for abused women and their children at United Church of Christ Transition Home.
Sister Paulette brings a wealth of experience to her ministries. Born in Canton, China, she grew up in Hong Kong. In 1963, Sister Paulette entered the Maryknoll Sisters Novitiate in the Philippines. In her first assignment to Hong Kong in 1969, Sister Paulette worked in three schools as teacher, supervisor and principal. Her initial experience in Hawaii in 1977 was at St. Francis Hospital as a Community Outreach Worker.
In Macau, Sister Paulette directed a Diocesan Pastoral Youth Center. She founded Harmony House, the first shelter for battered women in Hong Kong. After receiving her Masters in Social Work from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Sister Paulette returned to Hawaii to work as program director in an immigrant program of child and family services.
This led to her assignment to Korea where she was a counselor in a shelter for abused women and helped migrant workers.